How to correct the Windows Managment Instrumentation (WMI) information might be corrupted message?


when following the directions "How to Enable Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) on Windows XP", when I click on the (Advanced Tab) I get the following message;

Windows cannot display the properties of this connection. The Windows Managment Instrumentation (WMI) information might be corrupted. To correct this, use System Restore to restore Windows to an.............

Any way when I do a system restore, the system says no changes have been made and the advanced tab still give the same message.

Another problem which may or may not be related when I try to download someting, I get the "404 not found page".

Anything I can do, short of reformatting the hard drive and starting over???

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This question was answered on September 10, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

No need to format that hard drive....


This behavior can occur if files in the %SytemRoot%\Sstem32\Wbem\Repository folder become corrupted You receive the error message repeatedly because Winmgmt.exe polls the files every 30 to 60 seconds


To resolve this issue, delete and then re-create the files in the %SytemRoot%\Sstem32\Wbem\Repository folder To do this, follow these steps:

Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.

On the shortcut menu, click Manage.

In the left pane of the Computer Management console, double-click Services and Applications.

Under Services and Applications, click Services.

In the right pane of the Computer Management console, locate and then right-click Windows Management Instrumentation

On the shortcut menu, click Stop.

Start Windows Explorer, and then locate the %SytemRoot%\Sstem32\Wbem\Repository folder

Delete all of the files in the %SytemRoot%\Sstem32\Wbem\Repository folder

Restart the computer.

The files that were deleted are re-created when the computer restarts

NOTE: The Windows Management Instrumentation service starts automatically when you restart the computer.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 10, 2003